|Title||The 4th Revolution: energy autonomy|
|Director(s)||Carl A. Fechner|
|Date released (year)||2011|
|Production company||Fechner Media|
|Length||8mins (trailer to full length feature film)|
|eywords/tags||Energy, sustainability, technology|
|Link to film||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15S-Pz3s3Rg
|Synopsis||We know that we can do something.
Sun, wind, hydro and geothermal energy are natural sources accessible to everyone all over the world without making any difference. And they are renewable, free and available in the long run. Only the widespread knowledge about the possibilities of renewable energy can ignite an international movement and take the absolutely necessary energy transition. We need a quickly enlightening medium that conveys this knowledge comprehensible and compactly. This can be provided by a great documentary. We have made it.
|Reviews/discussion||a great, informative, realistic and well done movie/documentary on the upcoming change/opportunity behind renewable energies. the movie is entirely sponsored/funded by single individuals with no support/influence of any governmental organization whatsoever. it covers a broad spectrum of existing realities and sheds its light on future perspectives: the transformation of currant energetic, ecologic and economic crisis into a process of democratization and global solution. the movie starts in los angeles with hermand scheer, expert of ren. energy, scientist, author and alternative nobel price winner, pointing out critical words to the current model of architecture…. >>
that is not implementing minimally solar and renewable technology on its high-rise buildings and general urban design. It further brings you to the innovative -Nordic Folk Center- in Denmark, where clean renewable energy has been introduced since 30 years successfully providing now a whole region with sufficient energy coming from 100% renewable sources. The Center is today a shining example for the world and many students from all over the world come here to learn and expand their knowledge. Like Malinese Ibrahim Togola, here for one year and now developing, with the support of its government, renewable energy projects into the small rural communities of his country. The Movie continues to Bangladesh with Muhammad Yunu (”The Banker of the Poor” Nobel Price Winner for Micro-Credits) where woman co-operatives started to educate their communities and families introducing solar panel in their villages and gaining so major financial and individual independence from the urban cities. Germany, China, The Amazons – the movie takes various looks at individuals and protagonist as projects, debunking the myth that ‘renewable energy’ is an unrealistic affair so often propagated by media and high corporate ranks that are fearing the loss of power and money behind such a much awaited and inevitable process.
African renewables potential mapped
1 March 2012 |
Some of the best potential for solar power is in the Sahara belt
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Tapping into Africa’s renewable energy could transform living standards across the continent, according to a report that has mapped the potential of renewables in the region.
The report aims to help African governments set up renewable energy plans, and has called for the urgent transfer of relevant knowledge to research and technology partners in Africa.
“Only if much of the research, prototyping, demonstration and large-scale deployment are done by African people, one can accelerate the uptake of renewable energy,” says the report, published by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) last month (8 February).
Renewable energy has particular relevance in remote and rural areas, where around 600 million people live without electricity, and where renewables would be cheaper than extending national grid services, the report says.
The authors used geographical data to map out regions that could generate electricity from the sun, wind, biomass and water. They then identified those regions where using renewables might be cheaper than existing sources such as diesel or electricity grids.
“We found good wind energy potential in North Africa and good solar energy potential in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Sahara belt,” said the report’s editor, Fabio Monforti-Ferrario.
The report says small hydroelectric power plants would suit Equatorial Africa, where many people live closer to river systems than to existing electricity grids.
Monforti-Ferrario added that “biomass is the ‘green gold’ of Central Africa”, but cautioned against its widespread use on sustainability grounds.
Speaking more broadly, he said Africa’s ability to tap the potential of renewables potential is hampered by reliance on subsidised diesel fuel.
“It is the policy of African countries to keep the cost of diesel low, even though [this policy] is unsustainable. It makes the use of [alternatives like] photovoltaic systems unattractive to consumers,” he said.
This view is backed by Dieter Holm, honorary board member of the International Solar Energy Society based in South Africa. But he said the report had focused too heavily on petrol subsidies, and not enough on the ability of renewable to create jobs.
Holm said that in Africa photovoltaics and wind energy can create 62 and 12 jobs per gigawatt hour of electricity produced respectively, compared to less than one job in the coal industry for the same energy output.
“Political decision-makers in Africa should be well-informed of the overall potential of renewable energy sources in terms of electricity generation, job creation, and environmental sustainability,” Holm told SciDev.Net.
Link to full report [3.16MB]
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